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Offbeat Morrisey: Blankenship 'would get crushed' in November

00:50  06 may  2018
00:50  06 may  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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Morrisey 's campaign launched a robocall on Saturday warning that Blankenship " would get crushed in November " if he wins the party's nomination on Tuesday. "His deep legal problems and criminal conviction show he believes he is above the law.

He would get absolutely crushed by Joe Manchin in November ," Morrisey said on local radio. Blankenship did not oblige and is closer to getting his wish than almost anyone could've anticipated.

Don Blankenship smiling for the camera © Provided by The Hill

West Virginia attorney general Patrick Morrisey is mounting an 11th-hour attack against ex-coal CEO Don Blankenship in the final days of the heated Senate GOP primary fight.

Morrisey's campaign launched a robocall on Saturday warning that Blankenship "would get crushed in November" if he wins the party's nomination on Tuesday.

"His deep legal problems and criminal conviction show he believes he is above the law. A vote for Blankenship is a vote to advance liberal positions, higher taxes, and abortion on demand," the robocall adds.

Blankenship spent a year in prison for conspiring to violate mine safety rules after 29 miners were killed during a 2010 explosion at Upper Big Branch mine.

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Blankenship added that while he shares many of Trump's views, "I refrain from taking positions based on fake news and swampers' rhetoric. You, of all people, should also refrain from doing so." Morrisey : Blankenship ' would get crushed ' in November .

Reflecting how tight the race has become in its final hours, Mr. Morrisey aimed withering criticism at Mr. Blankenship . “This is someone whose whole career demonstrates he believes he is above the law,” he said, asserting that Mr. Blankenship would be “ crushed ” in the general election against Mr. Manchin.

While national Republicans have fretted for months about a potential Blankenship victory in the GOP primary to take on Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Morrisey's attack marks a pivot for his campaign.

Morrisey has spent much of the primary focused on Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.), attacking his support for a mammoth government funding bill and for previously being a Democrat.

Underscoring the shift, Morrisey on Saturday warned that the GOP primary race is "now between a conservative fighter and a convicted criminal."

The rhetoric signals that he believes Blankenship is now his top competitor, a reversal from polling released less than two weeks ago by Morrisey's campaign that showed Blankenship in third place.

In addition to the robocall, Morrisey's campaign announced he will hold a press conference on Sunday to discuss "Blankenship's criminal record, his significant legal issues, and how his candidacy threatens West Virginia's conservative agenda."

He also issued a statement on Friday knocking Blankenship over not filing a financial disclosure form with the Senate Ethics Committee.

"Don Blankenship's disrespect for the law and the people of West Virginia threatens to block our ability to advance conservative policies and imperils Republican chances of defeating Sen. Joe Manchin," Morrisey said. "Don's continued flouting of the law demonstrates that he has learned nothing from his past legal troubles and his time in prison."

Trump called Blankenship after Senate primary loss: report .
President Trump called ex-coal executive Don Blankenship on Wednesday, one day after Blankenship lost the GOP Senate nomination in West Virginia's, according to Politico. Three unnamed sources described the brief call to Politico as "straightforward, polite and cordial," with Trump offering praise for Blankenship's campaign.

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